More Island Adventures!

The next three adventures for Puffin Pal and his Island Friends are go!

Welcome_to_Island_Friends-01We’ve just returned from a fantastic few days on Skokholm Island off the Pembrokeshire coast, where we’ve started writing again.

LighthouseSkokholm and nearby Skomer provided the inspiration for the first three books, so it was great to go back this year to start work on the next three stories.

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We set up camp on the windowsill of the lighthouse and Wardens Rich and Giselle were amazing in helping us out with character ideas and making sure we got the anatomical and behavioural details right.

Puffed_PuffinThe island and its wildlife are truly amazing, and with puffins casually wandering around our feet it was easy to forget the real world and immerse ourselves in writing the stories.

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We even got to hold an unfeasibly cute and fluffy shearwater chick. We featured one in the first three books but ours is still nowhere near as cute as the real thing!

If you want to truly get away from it all, you can’t beat the tranquillity of Skokholm – and you can get a piece of it every day by reading Rich and Giselle’s blog and following them on Facebook and Twitter.

Now, time to get storyboarding…watch this space for an update on progress with the next three books, and sneak previews of the titles.

Upcoming Events

If you’re looking for a family day out this summer, we’ve got two family readings of the Island Friends stories coming up in partnership with the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales – come and join us.

Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran 25th July
Skomer Island, 8th August

Watch This: Why We Need to Teach Thinking Skills

Are we teaching young people to be followers not leaders? We’ve been reading Seth Godin’s ‘Stop Stealing Dreams’ this week – and as a result discovered this brilliant TEDx talk from Dr Derek Cabrera.

Dr Cabrera explains why we need to teach young people more than just how to be good at school  – we need to teach them how to be good at life…and for this, they need to learn four key thinking skills.

A must watch for educators, parents, and anyone who believes in the transformative power of learning.

Find out more about Dr Cabrera’s reasearch at: http://www.cabreraresearch.org